9.29.2014

Matthew 25:14-30 (4)

ppt

God is like a mirror
Reading: Matthew 25:14-30
Blanks: doubled, partner, investment, invest, give

(3) Once upon a time, there was a man who owned a nice land.
He was a very good investor.
Then he heard that he could find more gold in California.
So, he decided to have a go.
But he also had a lot of gold already.
So, he entrusted his gold to his servants.
He gave five bags of gold to one savant, two bags of gold to another, and one bag of gold to another.
He gave them according to their ability.
Then he asked them to do something productive with it.
Then he went off to find more gold.

(2) All the servants knew that their Master wanted to increase his wealth.
So, the man with five bags of gold invested his gold and gained five more bags.
The man with two bags also invested his gold and gained two more.
Because they watched and learned from their master on how increased wealth, they were able to produce this wonderful result.
They were also trustworthy people.

Now they realized their master was a good teacher.
What their master taught really worked.
Now they were happy that they also learned to think like their master.

After this, they were ready to meet their master.
So, they enjoyed their life, waiting for their master.

(3) But the guy with one bag refused to practice what he learned from his master.
In fact he was mad at his master.
He complained about his master and the way that he built his wealth.
He didn’t want to live like his master.
He thought that his master was lazy and wicked.
So, he applied nothing from what his master taught him.

Then, this man played really, really, really safe with one bag.
In fact he played too safe.
He didn’t want to take a risk.
In fact he didn’t know how to manage risk.
So, he dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s gold.

(3) After a long time, the master returned with a lot of gold.
Then he wanted to find out how his servants were doing with the gold.

Then the man who had received five bags of gold brought five more bags.
The man who had received two bags of gold bought two more bags.

(3) Then the master was like:
“Wow, you are really good at this.
Let me put you in charge of many things.
Be my partners from now on so that you can enjoy your life with me!”

(3) Then the man who received one bag of gold came and said:
“Master, you are a very difficult man.
You don’t want to work.
But you know how to make people work for you.
You know how to make your money work for you.
You know how to invest your gold.
Since you know better than me, I just hid your gold in the ground.
So, here is your gold.”

This man enjoyed good life and good food that the master provided.
But in his speech, he sort of accused his master for not working hard, even though he was the one who didn’t work hard.

So, the master was like:
“Wait a minute. Hold on.
Why didn’t you invest my money at all?
Didn’t you learn anything from me?
Didn’t you learn nothing about how to invest your money?
Didn’t you learn how to make people work for you?
Didn’t you learn how to make your money work for you?

“Well, if you don’t want to work with me like this, why do I need you at all?
I could just put my money into my bank account and receive my interest.
That would be better than this.”

Then he said:
“Well, I am sorry.
I need to let you go.
You are not my servant anymore.”

(3) Then he took the bag of gold from him and gave it to the one who had ten bags of gold, because he knew what to do with one more bag.

(3) Jesus told this kind of story because he wanted people to learn from God and live like God.
But this person misunderstand God, and think that God is demanding and not reasonable.
But those understand God’s heart and God’s intention realize how much God loves them and is gracious to them.
Those who understand God, understand what God is doing.
Then they are even able to live like God.
They are even able to help people with the power that God gives them.

(3) God is like a mirror sometimes.
So, sometimes when people look at God, they only see themselves.

Like this story, the good and faithful servants think that God is good and faithful.
But the servant who was not good and faithful could not see that God is good and faithful.
He thought God is negative, judgmental and mean.
But in fact he lived like that: negative, judgmental and mean.

But those who are faithful and good, can see that God is good and faithful.
They are able to live mercifully, because they think that God is merciful.
You see, sometimes God is like a mirror.

That is why it is difficult to understand who God is.
But Jesus can help us.
Jesus can people to understand who God is.
Then, when people understand, they live differently.
They treat people differently because they understand who God is.

(3) Today’s story also tells us that God gives us something to multiply.
We have something to multiply.
We have something to invest and see the great result.

But in order to multiply, we need to learn.
We need to learn from Jesus on how to multiply in God’s way.
Jesus is accomplishing things, in God’s way, using God’s power.
So, God asks us to learn from his way of doing things.
God asks us to look at his ministry on earth.
We need to learn from Him.
Then we may be able to think like God and understand the mind of God.
Then we may be able to increase God’s wealth on earth.
Then we may be able to multiply what God wants to multiply.
We may be even able to help people understand God and increase God’s wealth on earth.

In this way, we are prepared to meet God.
Then when we meet God face to face, God may say:
“Wow, good job. Well done.”

Let’s pray:
Jesus, thank you for helping us to understand who you are.
Help us to understand how you live so that we may live accordingly.
Help us to use what we receive for you as well.
We pray this in Jesus name.
Amen.

Note:
Let God's gift work for you.